The spate of wanton animal cruelty continues; a pet cat has been killed as a result of a brutal attack – this time in Hemlington. Reports suggest that this latest killing was simply because a group of teenagers decided it would be fun to attack and torture a cat that they came across in the street.
How many more innocent animals need to die before the government will address unduly lenient sentences for crimes like this? There’s a simple solution:
- The law needs to be changed because current maximum sentences are woefully insufficient to deal with the most serious offences.
- Animal cruelty sentencing guidelines need to be amended and toughened so that anyone who tortures an animal to death for pleasure does so in the full knowledge that they’ll be headed to jail if caught.
- The possibility for appeal against ‘unduly lenient’ sentences should be widened to include offences such as these.
Jonathan Arnott MEP,
UKIP, North East